There is no way to talk of dance music and not in some way reference the immeasurable effect LGBT people have had on the creation, crafting, and proliferation of the scene as we see and experience it today. 

Gay bar hopping and clubbing could be extreme sports. In this handy guide, we’ll teach you the ins and outs of gay clubbing.

1) DO: Dress Fashionably and Comfortably

The most important factor in dressing for the gay club is comfort. When you’re dancing, sweating, and bumping into people, it’s best to wear clothes that wick sweat away, so you don’t feel weighed down or gross. You want clothes that you can freely move around in so that you can express your amazing dance moves without being constricted. 

In addition, you want to make sure that you are clearly communicating your gender identity through clothing.

2) DON’T: Touch People or Performers Without Consent

If you are having a great time at a gay club, remember that the people around you might not be feeling the same way. If you are touching someone or someone is dancing or walking into you, remember that to them, it could be an assault. Don’t touch people or performers who are not comfortable with it.

And if someone is touching you, politely let them know that you are not comfortable. If they do not stop, or if they continue to be aggressive, please go see the person manning the exits or call the police.

3) DO: Be Respectful

Gay clubs are awesome places. Everyone there is there to have a great time, dance, and to enjoy their night. But they are also great places to make friends and to network with people.

If someone asks you a question or if you want to make friends with someone at the club, don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation with them. Just remember that the people around you are trying to enjoy themselves and build community, so respect that and be respectful.

4) DON’T: Make a Lot of Mess 

Most gay clubs have no problem with people bringing their own stuff to drink. However, this comes with a responsibility; be respectful to the venue and clean up after yourself. They’re there for you to enjoy, so don’t destroy the place that you love so much.

There’s no need to leave a huge mess just because you want to bring your favorite fruit juice or energy drink. Don’t be a part of the problem, be a part of the solution. If you love the place and if you are respectful, you will receive the same in return. 

5) DO: Have Fun and Be Yourself

The best thing about gay bars is that they are a safe space for you to be yourself.

When you’re dancing, do so with your heart open. There is nothing more freeing than to be yourself and to be unapologetic about it. Have fun, be yourself, dance, sing, act ridiculous, but be respectful to others. 


The best way to learn the dos and don’ts of bar hopping is to go through it. By simply taking the time to go out and watch some performances, you will become aware of the environment and you will be able to better navigate it.

If you want to start bar-hopping, Level Up Bar & Lounge is a good place to start. We are one of the best gay bars in Philadelphia with the best accommodations and drinks. Take a look at our online menu today.


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